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Asparagus spreads cancer?

Breast cancer patients could be encouraged to cut asparagus and other foods from their diets in the future to reduce the risk of the disease spreading, scientists say.

Researchers are investigating whether a change in diet could help patients with breast tumours after studies in mice showed that asparagine, a compound first identified in asparagus but present in many other foods, drives the spread of the disease to other organs.

When scientists reduced asparagine in animals with breast cancer, they found that the number of secondary tumours in other tissues fell dramatically. The spread of malignant cells, often to the bones, lungs and brain, is the main cause of death among patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Some cancer patients need caregiving for cancer patients because the cancer sometimes is so aggressive they can’t even stand.

“This is a very promising lead and one of the very few instances where there is a scientific rationale for a dietary modification influencing cancer,” said lead scientist Prof Greg Hannon, director of the Cancer Research UK Cancer Institute in Cambridge.

Asparagine is an amino acid that is made naturally in the body as a building block for proteins. But it is also found in the diet, and in high levels in certain meats, vegetables and dairy products.

The international team of cancer specialists from Britain, the US, and Canada studied mice with an aggressive form of breast cancer. The mice develop secondary tumours in a matter of weeks and tend to die from the disease within months.

Writing in the journal Nature, the researchers describe how they reduced the ability of breast cancer to spread in the animals by blocking asparagine with a drug called L-asparaginase. To a lesser extent, by putting the animals on a low-asparagine diet worked too. Inspired by the results, the scientists examined records from human cancers and found that breast tumours that churned out the most asparagine were most likely to spread, leading patients to die sooner. The same was seen in cancers of the head, neck and kidney.


8 Amazing Claims Shunned By Conventional Science And Suppressed In Mainstream Media

By Paul A. Philips

Great humanitarian progress could be made if conventional science stopped clinging to age-old paradigms and limiting beliefs. Then, to add to these limitations, there’s the controlling imposed on scientific research and academia by science’s corporate/banker sponsors who in effect would rather see rising profits than rising outside-of-the-box humanitarian contributions threatening to seriously undercut their businesses….

Totally consistent with that well-known saying “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of mind that created them.” Science will never be able to solve a number of big burning questions or achieve certain great humanitarian breakthroughs such as finding the answer to incurable diseases if it’s still stuck on the same level of conscious mind that caused the problems related to the above limitations.

In light of this, here are 8 amazing scientific claims shunned by conventional science, suppressed in the corporate/banker owned and controlled mainstream media…

Claim 1: A non-conventional free energy source travelling faster than the speed of light can be used to transmit wireless power highly efficiently

Scientist/inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) discovered a non-electromagnetic form of electrical energy. Carried through the earth acting as the main conductor, producing longitudinal waves (sometimes known as scalar waves), this faster than the speed of light non-electromagnetic electrical energy source was used to send power signals across different transmitting stations at city-to-city/country-to-country distances.

Transmissions were highly efficient, not losing their signal strength. During transmission the ground earth carrying the signal from one station to the next had the effect of amplifying the energy – a station could transmit a million volts to 3 other stations. Each station would receive the 1 million volts for the respective neighbourhood and their use, thus giving a total power of 3 million volts transmitted!

Besides power, the energy could be used to transmit communication signals. Like power transmission, the use of no coin-in-the-slot, no plug-in-the-wall or no battery wireless radio crystal transmission was also stopped by the corporate/banker establishment in the early 20th century…

Think about the gift to humanity if these free energy Tesla technologies hadn’t been suppressed.

Claim 2: Laetrile therapy (Vitamin B17) is one of a number of natural cancer cures

For the pioneers of alternative treatment, history has shown many to have a long rocky road with more than its fair share of martyrs shedding blood over wrangles with the big boys at the top of the cancer establishment.

The establishment’s line of attack or suppression on these generally innovative and integral individuals has been legal action, harassment, ridicule and invalidation (regardless of whether it works), ignorance, superciliousness and huffiness … you have to remember that relatively cheap natural, alternative cancer treatment is perceived as a financial threat.

While it should be emphasised that there is no 100% guaranteed cure, some treatments work better than others depending upon the type of cancer. A strict diet is a major factor. While a number of alternative natural-based therapies combined can have a synergistic effect, Laetrile therapy (vitamin B17) has produced significant success rates.

Laetrile Cancer Treatment

From his very convincing research, biochemist Dr Ernst Krebs claimed that cancer is a disease caused by a lack of vitamin B17 in the diet. He suggested that stress factors lead to cancer due to a lack of this vitamin. I think, if that were the case, I could just have cured Cancer after having bought Amygdalin tablets in bulk through my Rx discount card.

A good source of information to back up the above statement comes from a study on the Hunzas people in the Himalayas. No incidents of cancer had been seen there until the influences of the Western world came along. They were found to have a vitamin B17-rich diet. They eat apricot kernels and other stone-based fruits, to which this vitamin is rich in:

There are many of us in the western world who do not ingest this amount…in the course of an entire year.’ – Ernst Krebs.

The pharmaceuticals tried to patent B17 and make it their property, but failed. Consequently, using bad science through the media they launched an out and out attack against the use of the vitamin and its advocates.

The proof of the effectiveness of B17 is overwhelming, coming from many sources besides Krebs. Further studies on isolated non-cancerous populations free of the Westernised diet and its high toxins have also been carried out. If you are interested in the findings and much more information on diet I highly recommend an excellent book: A World without Cancer by G. Edward Griffin, which discusses the subject in great detail.
Claim 3: From their research Garjajev, et al. discovered that humans are able to form language because of their DNA.

There couldn’t be a better example of clinging to those age-old paradigms and limiting beliefs than science’s lack of understanding of DNA.

Conventional science has discovered that our body uses about 8% of its DNA for encoding proteins involved in body construction (growth, maintenance and repair…) – the remaining percentage has been written off as ‘junk DNA.’

However, a group of researchers in Russia challenged the ‘junk DNA’ assumption: Would nature really be that wasteful? Nearly all biological structures exist for performing a particular function. So the researchers looked to see if the ‘junk DNA’ did anything and their findings were nothing short of amazing:

Language or speech formation has a number of basic principles or rules involving the assembling of syntax, words, grammar and sentences. The sequencing of our DNA; the arranging, rearranging and thus assembling of its basic building blocks uses the same basic principles and rules as in language formation.

Thus DNA’s basic building blocks act as the underlying blueprint for language formation.

Furthermore, Garjajev et al. also found that besides DNA affecting language the opposite can also occur. Language influences our DNA through thought, inspirational talk, healing intention, affirmations or hypnotherapy … and it doesn’t stop there:

Words are not the only sound vibrations affecting our DNA. A number of sound frequencies reprogram our DNA such as radio waves, sound frequencies, laser light and light visualization (meditation) producing body biophotons … which in turn alters our behaviour. All could be used therapeutically by repairing our DNA through reprogramming using these vibrations.

These astounding findings suggest that human transformation exists through the affects of language, light and sound vibrational frequencies and their respective developments.

Claim 4: We live in a holographic Universe

Claims that we live in a holographic universe have been based on the research of physicists such as David Bohm and Karl Pribram. The theory embraces the idea that the material universe including our reality is an illusory holographic projection from a multidimensional source that transcends space and time. Could we be subjects in some way-advanced hi-tech computer game? Well, who really knows?

According to Askyourguide, the holographic theory embraces and extends into the nature of reality incorporating near-death experiences, telepathy, paranormal phenomena, clairvoyance, hypnosis, spontaneous healing, psychokinesis and much more…

Hardened scientists have criticised the holographic theory as being populist or shallow while some have described it as paradigm-shifting, life-changing research with amazing implications and should not be dismissed.
Claim 5: Low electromagnetic frequencies Wi-Fi, microwaves… are killing us… slowly

Wi-Fi enabled applications ‘smart’ metres, 4G, laptops, mobile phones, etc. according to experienced researcher Dr Barrie Trower have been known to cause serious harm to the health of individuals and pose a threat to human existence.

Thus, Wi-Fi can make you ill and no safe level has ever been established to protect humans. Wi-Fi with their various applications has been known to cause frontal/temporal lobe brain cancer and is the highest reason for child deaths.

To protect corporate interests, governments with their paid-off mainstream media have lied telling you Wi-Fi is harmless with all the bad science used to deceive. Once again, as in other situations that have happened before like smoking, a small handful of individuals make mega-money from profits while countless others suffer.

Doctor Trower reports that UK/US female children exposed to Wi-Fi throughout schooling will be predicted to have at least a 57.7% miscarriage or stillbirth rate when they give birth in adulthood.

If nothing is done, then only around 1/8th of children will be healthy after roughly 70 years from now. No wonder so many countries (over half) have taken action over this by stopping Wi-Fi in schools. However, in countries like the UK they’re insisting on having Wi-Fi in schools.

South Africa and related councils have removed Wi-Fi applications including ‘smart’ meters.

The EMFs for Wi-Fi can be shielded using a detector meter to find exactly where the source is coming from and by using radiator foil as a shield.

Claim 6: Anomalous archaeological finds suggest that there had been ancient advanced civilizations using sound technology to levitate megalithic monuments

Buildings and artefacts from archaeological sites have revealed the existence of superior technology from the ancient past suggesting there had been advanced super-civilizations. Were these monuments created by humans perhaps from a golden age, or was it the work of off-planetary visitors?

For instance, the incredible picture below shows the stones of an ancient temple ruin in Baalbek, Lebanon.

Notice how large the lower rectangular stones are compared to the two humans (centre). Some of these stones weigh around 1500 tons or more! They predate the smaller Roman square stones piled above by thousands of years. With a construction beyond the ability of modern-day engineering, this raises at least a few questions: In ancient times with ‘primitive people’ and ‘primitive tools’ how were the stones…

a) Cut from the matrix rock?

b) Moved an estimated half-mile to the above site?

c) Laid down and stacked with such perfect shape and fitting?

Furthermore, why go through all that trouble, unless the ancients had found a way that made it a lot easier?

The same questions can be asked about many other monuments such as those making up the ancient city of Tiahuanaco in the Bolivian Andes dated 1100 BC. Some 100-ton stones can be seen in the great monoliths. Then there’s this.

By far, the largest obelisk ever found. Its creators began making it directly from the bedrock, but the project was abandoned possibly due to detected flaws; cracks in the granite….

Could the method that made the building of these megalithic monuments a lot easier involve levitating the heavy stones using sound technology? There have been a number of claims that this was the case.

There have been further claims that sound technology was involved in cutting and drilling the stones.

Claim 7: Conscious intention affects an outcome

New paradigm approaches in research have helped bridge the gap between science and spirituality using studies on human consciousness.

Alternative scientists such as William Tiller have found that by directing our consciousness, conscious intention affects the outcome of an event. Instead of things going towards disorder and disorientation (entropy) consciousness and conscious intention has the reverse effect. It brings order.

Essentially, conventional scientists have been stuck on only wanting to study reality in terms of materialism in the hope that it will one day explain everything. Besides William Tiller, there have been a number of other alternative scientists who have experienced the backlash related to the rejections on the idea that consciousness and conscious intention can affect an outcome.
cache_40744936.jpgClaim 8: The pyramids such as Giza harnessed energy from the Earth’s core and were free energy power sources.

This suggests that the pyramids as free energy sources allowed civilizations to flourish….

For more on this please go here


That concludes just a few amazing claims shunned by conventional science, ignored, suppressed or sometimes ridiculed in corporate/banker-owned-and-controlled mainstream media. I hope that it has inspired you to make further inquiries into these fascinating subjects.

Just consider how the world could be a far better place if these greed-driven tiny minority corporate/banker individuals relinquished their unrelenting grip on humanity and science was more open to exploration of the alternative view.

You can read more from Paul A. Philips at his site NewParadigm.ws.

8 Amazing Claims Shunned By Conventional Science And Suppressed In Mainstream Media

Vaccine Pioneer Doctor Admits Polio Vaccine Caused Cancer

Vaccine Pioneer Doctor Admits Polio Vaccine Caused Cancer

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The New York Times ran an article this week on Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a top vaccine developer who worked for Merck. The article was entirely positive, calling Dr. Hilleman “A Forgotten Pioneer of Vaccines.” The article states:

To a remarkable extent, we owe our well-being, and in many cases our lives, to the work of one man and to events that happened 50 years ago this spring.

Dr. Mercola ran an article on Dr. Hilleman back in 2011, which portrayed a completely different story from what the mainstream media reports regarding Dr. Hilleman. He featured a censored video of Dr. Hilleman that has circulated on Youtube for years. That video has since disappeared from Youtube, but others exist broadcasting the same interview with Dr. Hilleman. We have copied one below, along with the transcript.

Dr. Hilleman was the developer of Merck’s vaccine program. He developed over three dozen vaccines, more than any other scientist in history. He was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He received a special lifetime achievement award from the World Health Organization. Hilleman was one of the early vaccine pioneers to warn about the possibility that simian viruses might contaminate vaccines. In the interview below he states: “vaccines have to be considered the bargain basement technology for the 20th century.”

Dr. Mercola’s article reveals 60 different lab studies that linked the Salk Polio vaccine to cancer, which Helleman admits was the responsibility of Merck:

In 2002, the journal Lancet published compelling evidence that contaminated polio vaccine was responsible for up to half of the 55,000 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases that were occurring each year.

What was it contaminated with?

SV40, a cancer-causing monkey virus. The puzzle began in 1994, when Dr. Michele Carbone, a Loyola University researcher, found the virus SV40, which had never before been detected in humans, in half of the human lung tumors he was studying. Since then, 60 different lab studies have confirmed the results, and SV40 has been found in a variety of human cancers, including lung-, brain-, bone-, and lymphatic cancer.

At first no one could fathom how the virus had been transmitted into the human population.

But in the censored interview with Dr. Maurice Hilleman (below), Hilleman admits Merck’s responsibility in unleashing this virus via their polio vaccine, as well as the likelihood that there was an importing and spreading the AIDS virus in the same manner.

Here is the interview, along with the transcript:


Dr. Len Horowitz: Listen now to the voice of the worlds leading vaccine expert Dr Maurice Hilleman, Chief of the Merck Pharmaceutical Company’s vaccine division relay this problem he was having with imported monkeys. He best explains the origin of AIDS, but what you are about to hear was cut from any public disclosures.

Dr Maurice Hilleman: and I think that vaccines have to be considered the bargain basement technology for the 20th century.

Narrator: 50 years ago when Maurice Hilleman was a high school student in Miles City Montana, he hoped he might qualify as a management trainee for the local JC Penney’s store. Instead he went on to pioneer more breakthroughs in vaccine research and development than anyone in the history of American medicine. Among the discoveries he made at Merck, are vaccines for mumps, rubella and measles…

Dr Edward Shorter: Tell me how you found SV40 and the polio vaccine.

Dr Maurice Hilleman: Well, that was at Merck. Yeah, I came to Merck. And uh, I was going to develop vaccines. And we had wild viruses in those days. You remember the wild monkey kidney viruses and so forth? And I finally after 6 months gave up and said that you cannot develop vaccines with these damn monkeys, we’re finished and if I can’t do something I’m going to quit, I’m not going to try it. So I went down to see Bill Mann at the zoo in Washington DC and I told Bill Mann, I said “look, I got a problem and I don’t know what the hell to do.” Bill Mann is a real bright guy. I said that these lousy monkeys are picking it up while being stored in the airports in transit, loading, off loading. He said, very simply, you go ahead and get your monkeys out of West Africa and get the African Green, bring them into Madrid unload them there, there is no other traffic there for animals, fly them into Philadelphia and pick them up. Or fly them into New York and pick them up, right off the airplane. So we brought African Greens in and I didn’t know we were importing the AIDS virus at the time. [emphasis added]

Miscellaneous background voices:…(laughter)… it was you who introduced the AIDS virus into the country. Now we know! (laughter) This is the real story! (laughter) What Merck won’t do to develop a vaccine! (laughter)

Dr Maurice Hilleman: So what he did, he brought in, I mean we brought in those monkeys, I only had those and this was the solution because those monkeys didn’t have the wild viruses but we…

Dr Edward Shorter: Wait, why didn’t the greens have the wild viruses since they came from Africa?

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …because they weren’t, they weren’t, they weren’t being infected in these group holding things with all the other 40 different viruses…

Dr Edward Shorter: but they had the ones that they brought from the jungle though…

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …yeah, they had those, but those were relatively few what you do you have a gang housing you’re going to have an epidemic transmission of infection in a confined space. So anyway, the greens came in and now we have these and were taking our stocks to clean them up and god now I’m discovering new viruses. So, I said Judas Priest. Well I got an invitation from the Sister Kinney Foundation which was the opposing foundation when it was the live virus…

Dr Edward Shorter: Ah, right…

Dr Maurice Hilleman: Yeah, they had jumped on the Sabin’s band wagon and they had asked me to come down and give a talk at the Sister Kinney Foundation meeting and I saw it was an international meeting and god, what am I going to talk about? I know what I’m going to do, I’m going to talk about the detection of non detectable viruses as a topic.

Dr Albert Sabin …there were those who didn’t want a live virus vaccine… (unintelligible) …concentrated all its efforts on getting more and more people to use the killed virus vaccine, while they were supporting me for research on the live viruses.

Dr Maurice Hilleman: So now I got to have something (laughter), you know that going to attract attention. And gee, I thought that damn SV40, I mean that damn vaculating agent that we have, I’m just going to pick that particular one, that virus has got to be in vaccines, it’s got to be in the Sabin’s vaccines so I quick tested it (laughter) and sure enough it was in there.

Dr Edward Shorter: I’ll be damned

Dr Maurice Hilleman: … And so now…

Dr Edward Shorter: …so you just took stocks of Sabin’s vaccines off the shelf here at Merck…

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …yeah, well it had been made, it was made at Merck…

Dr Edward Shorter: You were making it for Sabin at this point?

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …Yeah, it was made before I came…

Dr Edward Shorter: yeah, but at this point Sabin is still just doing massive field trials…

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …uh huh

Dr Edward Shorter: okay,

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …in Russia and so forth. So I go down and I talked about the detection of non detectable viruses and told Albert, I said listen Albert you know you and I are good friends but I’m going to go down there and you’re going to get upset. I’m going to talk about the virus that it’s in your vaccine. You’re going to get rid of the virus, don’t worry about it, you’re going to get rid of it… but umm, so of course Albert was very upset…

Dr Edward Shorter: What did he say?

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …well he said basically, that this is just another obfuscation that’s going to upset vaccines. I said well you know, you’re absolutely right, but we have a new era here we have a new era of the detection and the important thing is to get rid of these viruses.

Dr Edward Shorter: Why would he call it an obfuscation if it was a virus that was contaminating the vaccine?

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …well there are 40 different viruses in these vaccines anyway that we were inactivating and uh,

Dr Edward Shorter: but you weren’t inactivating his though…

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …no that’s right, but yellow fever vaccine had leukemia virus in it and you know this was in the days of very crude science. So anyway I went down and talked to him and said well, why are you concerned about it? Well I said “I’ll tell you what, I have a feeling in my bones that this virus is different, I don’t know why to tell you this but I …(unintelligible) …I just think this virus will have some long term effects.” And he said what? And I said “cancer”. (laughter) I said Albert, you probably think I’m nuts, but I just have that feeling. Well in the mean time we had taken this virus and put it into monkeys and into hamsters. So we had this meeting and that was sort of the topic of the day and the jokes that were going around was that “gee, we would win the Olympics because the Russians would all be loaded down with tumors.” (laughter) This was where the vaccine was being tested, this was where… so, uhh, and it really destroyed the meeting and it was sort of the topic. Well anyway…

Dr Edward Shorter: Was this the physicians… (unintelligible) …meeting in New York?

Dr Maurice Hilleman …well no, this was at Sister Kinney…

Dr Edward Shorter: Sister Kinney, right…

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …and Del Becco (sp) got up and he foresaw problems with these kinds of agents.

Dr Edward Shorter: Why didn’t this get out into the press?

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …well, I guess it did I don’t remember. We had no press release on it. Obviously you don’t go out, this is a scientific affair within the scientific community…

Voice of news reporter: …an historic victory over a dread disease is dramatically unfolded at the U of Michigan. Here scientists usher in a new medical age with the monumental reports that prove that the Salk vaccine against crippling polio to be a sensational success. It’s a day of triumph for 40 year old Dr. Jonas E Salk developer of the vaccine. He arrives here with Basil O’Connor the head of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis that financed the tests. Hundreds of reporters and scientists gathered from all over the nation gathered for the momentous announcement….

Dr Albert Sabin: …it was too much of a show, it was too much Hollywood. There was too much exaggeration and the impression in 1957 that was, no in 1954 that was given was that the problem had been solved , polio had been conquered.

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …but, anyway we knew it was in our seed stock from making vaccines. That virus you see, is one in 10,000 particles is not an activated… (unintelligible) …it was good science at the time because that was what you did. You didn’t worry about these wild viruses.

Dr Edward Shorter: So you discovered, it wasn’t being inactivated in the Salk vaccine?

Dr Maurice Hilleman: …Right. So then the next thing you know is, 3, 4 weeks after that we found that there were tumors popping up on these hamsters.

Dr. Len Horowitz: Despite AIDS and Leukemia suddenly becoming pandemic from “wild viruses” Hilleman said, this was “good science” at that time.

Vaccine Epidemic
by Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland J.D.SOURCE

CDC Admits as Many as 30 Million Americans Could be at Risk for Cancer Due to Polio Vaccine

CDC Admits as Many as 30 Million Americans Could be at Risk for Cancer Due to Polio Vaccine

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Do vaccines cause cancer? Well Straight from the horses mouth, The CDC says it just may be so … but after 50 years they state more studies are needed (REALLY?).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts on its own website the concern that as many as 30 million Americans could be at risk for cancer after receiving a Polio vaccination during the 1955 – 1963 time frame. This possibility exists because the vaccine in question was found to be contaminated with the SV40 virus. Most Americans received multiple doses of this vaccine that was administered to almost 100 million people.

It is stated that after the discovery (in 1960), any newly manufactured Polio vaccine was free of this virus (it took 3 years). No information is available as to exactly how much of the vaccine was tainted at the time, nor is there any information as to the controls put in place to insure all the tainted vaccine was effectively recalled.

Why did it take three years after the discovery of the contamination to reformulate the vaccine? Could the manufacturer suffering a huge loss be a factor? Was the existing stock utilized after the discovery? Was the infected vaccine supply destroyed, or sold off by the manufacturer to avoid a huge loss (this has happened before)?

With almost 100 million Americans (most receiving several doses) affected (and many Russians), the stated (CDC) 30 million possible infections seems understated or arbitrary at best.

Now consider that today maturing baby boomers, who would have been at the optimum age to have received Polio vaccinations during this time period are experiencing the highest cancer rate of all age groups with some studies showing cancer rates as high as 1 in 3 individuals, up from an estimated 1 in over 8,000 in the early 1900?s.

Remember, regardless if the CDC states the vaccines as the culprit for a portion of the massive increase in baby boomer cancer … you cant sue Big Pharma because the government granted them immunity!

Please read (between the lines) the included ‘CDC Cancer, Simian Virus 40 (SV40), and Polio Vaccine Fact Sheet’ but remember it is what is not said or provided that is most important …

Cancer, Simian Virus 40 (SV40), and Polio Vaccine Fact Sheet

SV40 is a virus found in some species of monkey.
SV40 was discovered in 1960. Soon afterward, the virus was found in polio vaccine.
More than 98 million Americans received one or more doses of polio vaccine from 1955 to 1963 when a proportion of vaccine was contaminated with SV40; it has been estimated that 10–30 million Americans could have received an SV40 contaminated dose of vaccine.
SV40 virus has been found in certain types of cancer in humans, but it has not been determined that SV40 causes these cancers.
The majority of scientific evidence suggests that SV40-contaminated vaccine did not cause cancer; however, some research results are conflicting and more studies are needed.
Polio vaccines being used today do not contain SV40. All of the current evidence indicates that polio vaccines have been free of SV40 since 1963.

Additional Facts

In the 1950s, rhesus monkey kidney cells, which contain SV40 if the animal is infected, were used in preparing polio vaccines. Because SV40 was not discovered until 1960, no one was aware in the 1950s that polio vaccine could be contaminated.
SV40 was found in the injected form of the polio vaccine (IPV), not the kind given by mouth (OPV).
Not all doses of IPV were contaminated. It has been estimated that 10–30 million people actually received a vaccine that contained SV40.
Some evidence suggests that receipt of SV40-contaminated polio vaccine may increase risk of cancer. However, the majority of studies done in the U.S. and Europe which compare persons who received SV40-contaminated polio vaccine with those who did not have shown no causal relationship between receipt of SV40-contaminated polio vaccine and cancer.

More information

For in-depth information about SV40, polio vaccine, and cancer, see our frequently asked questions.
National Immunization Hotline: English 1 (800) 232-2522 Spanish 1 (800) 232-0233age last modified: October 22, 2007
Content source: Immunization Safety Office


When reading the CDC data sheet the first thing that should pop into you mind is ‘nothing said is definitive’:

After ’50 years’ the connection between SV40 and cancer still needs further study. Yet on the video the Merck doctor clearly states the discovery of cancer agents in the formula and jokes about the USA will win the Olympics because the Russians will have cancer (field studies where being conducted using this vaccine in Russia at the time).
There is a 20 million individual spread in the possible recipient number (fiction) of the contaminated vaccine. Aren’t vaccines supposed to be highly regulated and tracked?
“All of the current evidence indicates that polio vaccines have been free of SV40 since 1963”, but the contamination was discovered in 1960.

Nothing in any of these statements lends confidence to an organization responsible for safeguarding the health and well-being of Americans, but it sure looks like they can tap-dance …


Bolivian President Says “Almost Certain” Chavez was Poisoned

Bolivian President Says “Almost Certain” Chavez was Poisoned

– Bolivian President Evo Morales said Saturday he was “almost certain” that “the empire” (the United States) had poisoned his political ally, late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, regional media reported.

President Chavez, who led Venezuela for 14 years, died Tuesday at the age of 58 after a two-year-long fight against cancer.

Nicolas Maduro, who had been vice president under Chavez and was sworn in as acting president Friday, earlier accused Venezuela’s enemies of causing cancer in Chavez, saying the issue would be investigated by a special commission.

According to a major Venezuelan newspaper, Morales, who traveled to Caracas to attend Chavez’s state funeral Friday, said he had always been aware of Chavez’s disease although he never revealed any details.

The newspaper, El Universal, reported that Morales recalled he had once offered Chavez some coffee, but the Venezuelan leader’s security guards objected.

“Brother Chavez said [to his body guards]: ‘How can you think that Evo will poison me?’ and then he had coffee,” the Bolivian leader said.

The swearing-in ceremony for Maduro was held hours after Chavez’s state funeral on Friday, which was attended by over 30 heads of state and government.

Venezuela will hold a presidential election to elect a successor to Chavez on April 14, the country’s electoral council said following an extraordinary meeting.SOURCE

Mothers Using Aspartame In Pregnancy & Autism Epidemic:

Mothers Using Aspartame
In Pregnancy & Autism Epidemic:

The FDA Knew It Would Happen!
By Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum

As Dr. James Bowen’s paper “Aspartame Murders infants” explained, the poison violates the Federal Genocide Law. Toxic mechanisms the doctor listed include:

Teratogen, it produces birth defects
Adjuvant, it forms antigenic tissue triggering immunologic attack
Fetal Wastage
Chelation, promotes heavy metal poisoning.

Dr. Bowen said further: “Aspartame. sold as NutraSweet, AminoSweet, E951 and Equal, is in thousands of foods and diet drinks, as well as drugs. At every point in the fertility process APM destroys, beginning with the gleam in Mom and Pop’s eyes: it ruins female sexual response and induces male sexual dysfunction. Beyond this, aspartame disrupts fetal development by aborting it or inducing defects. And if a live child is born aspartame may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby, cursing future generations.

So here we are in 2012 with a global epidemic of autism. Dr. Bill Deagle said:”The European Environmental Association has projected that with the rise of autism caused by toxic foods like Aspartame, MSG, Fluoride, and environmental degradation, by 2013 no one will be born in the Western World that does not to some degree have autism. Our board of AAEM, American Academy of Environmental Medicine and Dr. William Rae, director of the Dallas Environmental Clinic agreed in open discussion at the October 2010 annual meeting”.

In 1999 Parents Magazine featured the article What’s Happening to Our Children that said almost every family is involved. That’s because aspartame triggers behavioral and psychiatric problems, birth defects, and learning disorders. In Sweet Remedy, Cori Brackett’s sequel to the aspartame documentary Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World she interviewed the Finegold Association ADD people who said that before aspartame they didn’t even use the terms ADD and ADHD. See their report in our Report for Schools: www.mpwhi.com/report_on_aspartame_and_children.htm In his book Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. explains that if a pregnant woman uses aspartame in pregnancy the damage may not become apparent until puberty, then it and may produce everything from dyslexia to behavioral problems.

With all we know today about aspartame no one in their right mind would do a study today on children, but one was done accidentally as is discussed inAspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D., the 1038 page medical text on this poison. Dr Miguel A. Baret of the Dominican Republic removed milk from the diet of 360 children, because it has a specific protein that can cause diabetes, especially in children. They drank juice laced with aspartame instead. Many developed “abnormal restlessness, lack of concentration, irritability and depression.” When Dr Baret removed it: “The results were astonishing. Their symptoms disappeared in 4-6 days in ALL of them!” I remember when he called and said, “All I did was change their diet from milk to aspartame juice!!” Thank you, Dr Baret, for this study showing what aspartame does to the brains of our kids!

Dr. Morando Soffritti of the Ramazzini Institute in Italy has done three studies on aspartame showing it to be, in his own words: a multipotential carcinogen. The third study projected that a pregnant woman using aspartame could predispose the child to grow up to be a cancer victim. Aspartame produces the deadly brain tumor agent diketopiperazine. Such malignancies are now sprouting like mushrooms across America. In original studies it triggered uterine, ovarian, pancreatic, thyroid and testicular tumors.

I spoke with Jerome Bressler in 2001, author of the famous “Bressler Report”. He was terribly disturbed because two vital studies were removed from his report, and the public not warned. On November 27, 2001 Dr. H. J. Roberts wrote his Senator, Bill Nelson, on stating that important information had been withheld, saying: “Specifically, I need original copies of the two (2) mouse studies done at Searle Laboratories, which were reviewed by the inspection team of the Chicago District of the Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition between April ­ September 1977”.

Jane Kirby for Melinda Plaisier, Associate Commissioner for Legislation wrote Senator Bill Nelson on April 18, 2002 and said:

“Additionally, some documents are considered confidential under FDA’s FOI regulations and in some instances the Agency cannot acknowledge the existence of such documents”.

These studies were withheld by the FDA without regard for the health and lives millions of children who could be sacrificed to protect the profits of aspartame’s manufacturers!

We obtained these records with the help of Dr. Madelon Price who worked with Dr. John Olney, founder of the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity, but it took 8 years.

They were teratology studies (birth defects), showing horrible birth defects with the FDA admitting it. No wonder Jerome Bressler was so concerned. Dr. John Olney, world-renowned neuroscientist, tried to prevent approval of aspartame when he found aspartic acid caused lesions (holes in the brain) in mice. His first study is also in the Report for Schools above. He then wrote a 49 page report to the Board of Inquiry of the FDA asserting that birth defects would be a given, a certain result of aspartame consumption. www.wnho.net/dr_olney1.doc

The FDA at the time agreed with Dr. Olney and even revoked the petition for approval. After Don Rumsfeld got aspartame marketed through political chicanery the FDA promised Dr. Olney aspartame would never be allowed for babies or children. Today it’s in pediatric vitamins, over-the-counter pediatric drugs and even pediatric prescription drugs. We have even had SIDS reported from aspartame. Aspartame also damages the cardiac conduction system and causes sudden death.

Lane Shore, Mission Possible Chicago took Jerome Bressler his report with the comments from FDA on the two studies restored, prior to his death in January 2011. Even as he was dying in a nursing home/assisted living, he would tell people please don’t use aspartame because it’s poison. He was one of the last heroes of the FDA before it became Big Pharma’s Washington Branch Office and their loyalty went to the manufacturers, betraying the public trust.

You can read the complete Bressler Report with the teratology studies included at www.mpwhi.com/complete_bressler_report.pdf

Aspartame is an endocrine disrupting chemical, which stimulates prolactin, changing the menses and causing infertility. If a woman discontinues aspartame and becomes pregnant, and begins to use it again, nevertheless aspartame is an abortifacient that causes birth defects and mental retardation.

With this information you would be looking for an epidemic of infertility. April 23, 2012 USA Today wrote The New Face of Infertility: Under 35 and Frustrated. Ermelle Martinez, Mission Possible LA, looked forward to a family with children and a career in medicine. In her last year she was diagnosed as having MS and her husband had divorced her because he wanted children. When we got her off aspartame she began to ovulate but it was too late. She was now too old to have children. She never finished her last year in med school and never became a physician. The saddened stories of women who wanted a family and children have come in for years. When I was on WLW in Chicago I discussed this several times. One day a man called in who said he passed the information on to his daughter who had been trying for a decade to have children. He was happy to say she was able to get pregnant and he has now a grandchild, which he thought would never happen. Fertility clinics are full of women sipping diet pop with aspartame, never realizing that is why they are there.

In the autism epidemic the excuse used is better testing. Such foolishness. Having found records showing the FDA knew aspartame causes birth defects; I was overjoyed when Dr. Woodrow Monte told me he had secured four more studies showing aspartame causes birth defects that had been hidden. He recently published the book, ” While Science Sleeps”. In the final chapter he explains that the original manufacturer, G. D. Searle, made a deal with the FDA to seal records showing birth defects, so the public would never find out. The chapter with this information can be downloaded free from Dr. Monte’s web site: www.whilesciencesleeps.com/While%20Science%20Sleeps%20-%20Chapter%2012%20%28ref%29.pdf
You can get a hardcopy of the entire book from www.amazon.com

The records show aspartame causes cleft palate, several people have had to get a Cleft Rhinoplasty in new york city ny surgery due to aspartame. You can’t help but think of the organization, “Smile”, and Goldie Hawn’s favorite charity. It’s hard to comprehend how many millions of lives have been affected because a deadly chemical poison is marketed for human consumption. These tragedies didn’t have to happen. If aspartame was removed from the market imagine the billions of dollars saved on medical bills alone. So many lives shattered. One woman used diet pop through 3 pregnancies and has 3 autistic children. She and her husband work two jobs to care for them. There will be money in a trust to care for these children when their parents die.

One child out of 88 in the US is believed to have autism or a related disorder. Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks said, “Autism is now officially becoming an epidemic in the United States”. An AP article says the previous estimate was 1 in 110. The new figure is from the latest in a series of studies that have steadily raised the government’s autism estimate. This new number means autism is nearly twice as common as officials said it was five years ago, and affects roughly 1 million U.S. children and teens.

Dr. Woodrow Monte said: “The epidemic of Autism began 9 months after the introduction of aspartame into carbonated beverages. A recent questionnaire posts Lite Yogurt as one of the favored food during pregnancy of women who bore autistic children…..when will this madness stop?” Stewart Pape, Head of the National Yogurt Association has petitioned the FDA twice to allow aspartame in yogurt and other milk products without labeling. While this is against the law, the FDA has never answered the question, even though it was a Freedom of Information request.

See the chart showing autism has skyrocketed since aspartame was approved: www.mpwhi.com/autism_chart.htm.

Vaccines also cause autism with the mercury compound Thimerosal. Aspartame interacts with vaccines, and also is an adjuvant. Double trouble. Dr. Ken Stoller has made an hour presentation on Thimerosal and aspartame as factors in the autism epidemic. He wrote: “Multinational pharmaceutical corporations are now in control of U.S. vaccine policy and have gone on record that they need to advocate for the continued use of Thimerosal. Thimerosal has been reintroduced back into the routine vaccine schedule with pressure from WHO, the Brighton Collaboration and the CDC based on the strength of the flawed and fabricated research literature created for this purpose.

Dr. Stoller said today, “Autism, which continues to be unrecognized as an environmental encephalopathy, is being caused by a toxic soup of poisons from pesticides to heavy metals in vaccines. Aspartame, a known carcinogen and neurotoxin will eventually be recognized as playing a prominent roll in the mix of pernicious ingredients to which we have allowed ourselves to be exposed. Women who are heterozygous for the PKU gene will have an abnormally high spike in phenylalanine after consuming Aspartame. If they are pregnant, they will expose the fetus to very high levels of phenylalanine in utero and this could have untoward consequences on brain health in their offspring.”

As Dr Bowen said, at every point in the fertility process aspartame destroys. A Denmark study shows aspartame can jump premature births up to 78% www.mailonsunday.co.uk/health/article-1293495/Do-sweeteners-bring-early-birth-How-fizzy-drinks-harm-unborn-child.html

New Study: A new study is taking place. We are looking for mothers who used aspartame during pregnancy and their children were born with birth defects, ADD or behavioral problems. You can fill out this form – www.mpwhi.com/aspartame_autism_form.doc and send to Dr. Ralph Walton at [email protected]

Dr. W. C. Monte finally got secret FDA memo 37 years after G. D. Searle labs found birth defects in rabbits from aspartame. To this day aspartame is not listed as a teratogen because the FDA and G. D. Searle covered up the tests that were performed in l974 and 1975. When Monsanto bought G. D. Searle in 1985 they funded Dr. Diane Dow Edwards to study possible birth defects caused by the ingestion of aspartame. After preliminary data showed damaging information funding for the study was cut off. This is the way it’s done with aspartame manufacturers.

When Dr. Ralph Walton did a study Monsanto wouldn’t even sell him the chemical because they knew they would have no control over it. Sure enough the reactions were so severe the institution had to stop the study. Almost 100% of independent scientific peer reviewed studies on this poison show the problems. This is why you can’t ever accept an aspartame industry controlled or financed study. The manufacturer’s studies originally proved everything from birth defects and seizures to cancer. This is why they tried to cover it up as discussed in the Bressler Report. The FDA did try to have the company indicted for fraud but both US Prosecutors hired on with the defense team and the statute of limitations expired. You can’t take a chemical poison and have it show safety. No way!

Dr. John Olney was so upset over the shenanigans pulled by G. D. Searle he demanded they do studies in his laboratory where he could oversee them. Sure enough they showed brain damage so he thought aspartame would never be approved. He found out later they never gave the results to the FDA.

A Norway study some years ago showed aspartame causes brain damage especially in the area of learning. Dr. Louis Elsas, an eminent Pediatric Professor, Genetics, told Congress on 11/3/87 he had spent 25 years in the biomedical sciences “trying to prevent mental retardation and birth defects caused by excess phenylalanine. And herein lies my basic concern, that aspartame is in fact a well known neurotoxin and teratogen which, in some as yet undefined dose, will both reversibly in the adult and irreversibly in the developing child or fetal brain, produce adverse effects.”

The aspartame component aspartic acid is a powerful neurotransmitter that excites the brain’s neurons into hyperactivity until they exhaust and die. So there you have it, a bouquet of brain and neurological destroyers packed in little blue envelopes, sitting on every restaurant table in the western world, harvesting enough money to buy whatever bureaucratic blessings are necessary to kill us.

And remember that aspartame damages DNA, and thusly is capable of destroying humanity.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible International
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Duluth, Georgia 30097
770 242-2599
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Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame


Chemotherapy may “help” Cancer grow!

Chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth: study

Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday.

Researchers in the United States made the “completely unexpected” finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they are easy to kill in the lab.

They tested the effects of a type of chemotherapy on tissue collected from men with prostate cancer, and found “evidence of DNA damage” in healthy cells after treatment, the scientists wrote in Nature Medicine.

Chemotherapy works by inhibiting reproduction of fast-dividing cells such as those found in tumours.

The scientists found that healthy cells damaged by chemotherapy secreted more of a protein called WNT16B which boosts cancer cell survival.

“The increase in WNT16B was completely unexpected,” study co-author Peter Nelson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle told AFP.

The protein was taken up by tumour cells neighbouring the damaged cells.

“WNT16B, when secreted, would interact with nearby tumour cells and cause them to grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy,” said Nelson.

In cancer treatment, tumours often respond well initially, followed by rapid regrowth and then resistance to further chemotherapy.

Rates of tumour cell reproduction have been shown to accelerate between treatments.

“Our results indicate that damage responses in benign cells… may directly contribute to enhanced tumour growth kinetics,” wrote the team.

The researchers said they confirmed their findings with breast and ovarian cancer tumours.

The result paves the way for research into new, improved treatment, said Nelson.

“For example, an antibody to WNT16B, given with chemotherapy, may improve responses (kill more tumour cells),” he said in an email exchange.

“Alternatively, it may be possible to use smaller, less toxic doses of therapy.”


DNA-Destroying Chip Being Embedded Into Mobile Phones

DNA-Destroying Chip Being Embedded Into Mobile Phones

Terrence Aym

According to Dr. Boian Alexandrov at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, terahertz (THz) waves destroy human DNA. The waves literally unzip the helix strand. Now a team of technologists at UT Dallas are planning to take chips broadcasting THz waves and embed them into mobile phones for use as an imaging system for consumers, law enforcement and medical personnel… a potentially deadly technology that could eventually kill or sicken millions of people.

The controversial THz scanner technology used by the TSA at many of the nation’s airports is being adapted for cell phone use. Studies of terahertz radiation have caused experts to raise alarms over the significant health risks to humans.

Recently major media touted a new chip that permits the adaption of a THz generating device to be embedded into cellular phones.

Is the price for seeing through walls, a grisly death?

The excited press painted grand pictures of such technology being used by consumers to see through walls and objects, while health professionals like physcians might incorporate the technology to seek out small tumors inside patients without the need for invasive surgery.

The THz wave—located between microwaves and infrared on the electromagnetic spectrum—was chosen for security devices because it penetrates matter such as clothing, wood, paper and other porous material that’s non-conducting. At the time experts believed this type of radiation was harmless.

They were wrong.

THz radiation unzips the DNA molecule

In a breakthrough study conducted by Dr. Boian Alexandrov at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and a team of physicists, they discovered terrifying evidence that exposure to THz radiation builds cumulatively and affects human and animal tissue DNA. In essence, it tends to unzip the DNA molecule. [See: Inside TSA scanners: How terahertz waves tear apart human DNA]

The Los Alamos scientists paper, DNA Breathing Dynamics in the Presence of a Terahertz Field reveals very disturbing—even shocking—evidence that THz radiation significantly damages the DNA of the people being directed through airport scanners and all TSA workers in close proximity to the machines.

Their synopsis: “We consider the influence of a terahertz field on the breathing dynamics of double-stranded DNA. We model the spontaneous formation of spatially localized openings of a damped and driven DNA chain, and find that linear instabilities lead to dynamic dimerization, while true local strand separations require a threshold amplitude mechanism. Based on our results we argue that a specific terahertz radiation exposure may significantly affect the natural dynamics of DNA, and thereby influence intricate molecular processes involved in gene expression and DNA replication.“

What all that means is the resonant effects of the THz waves bombarding humans unzips the double-stranded DNA molecule. This ripping apart of the twisted chain of DNA creates bubbles between the genes that can interfere with the processes of life itself: normal DNA replication and critical gene expression.

Likely to cause cancer

David J. Brenner, a Columbia University doctor and expert on the effects of radiation stated that it’s quite likely the TSA scanners will cause cancer in some individuals.

Brenner, whose Columbia’s Center for Radiological Research work focuses on radiation’s effects on biological processes, low exposure risk evaluation and radio-isotopic therapy, is concerened that people with compromised immune systems such as AIDS patients, those suffering from lupus or other immune-deficient ailments are especially at risk. Infants, children up to age 5 or 6, women who are pregnant or lactating, cancer patients and many more should steer far clear of the machines.

DNA strand bombarded by THz radiation unzips

Those exposed to THz radiation—whether from security scanners or future cell phone technology—who are taking certain prescription medications or have significantly low levels of certain vitamins have increased risk of radiation induced carcinomas.

Repeated exposure to low level radiation scans can also lead to cataracts and bring on skin cancer—including deadly melanoma.

A CMOS chip used in many different products

THz to utilize existing CMOS chips

According to the Daily Mail, the chips—created using Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor—or CMOS use the same technology already incorporated into devices like HD TVs, smart phones and personal computers.

Dr. Kenneth O, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas and leader of the project explained to the Daily Mail that “We’ve created approaches that open a previously untapped portion of the electromagnetic spectrum for consumer use and life-saving medical applications.

“CMOS is affordable and can be used to make lots of chips,” Dr. O said. “The combination of CMOS and terahertz means you could put this chip and receiver on the back of a cellphone, turning it into a device carried in your pocket that can see through objects.”

The team’s findings were presented to an enthusiastic audience at the 2012 International Solid-State Circuits Conference held in San Francisco, California. Next the team plans to create the CMOS terahertz imaging system.

Before moving ahead with the project, the good doctor and his team might consider contacting Dr. Boian Alexandrov and his team at Los Alamos to compare notes.

It would be a shame if a deadly technology that could eventually kill or sicken millions of people were unknowingly sold across the world.


“Smart Grid” – Killing us Softly

D-Block: Utilities’ Long-Awaited Smart Grid Spectrum

Jeff St. John

Last month, U.S. utilities won a long-fought lobbying push for a piece of radio spectrum that could serve as the backbone of a nationwide public safety and smart grid system.

The spectrum in question is called “D-block,” a 10-megahertz band in the 700-megahertz spectrum. A small addition in a payroll tax holiday bill Congress passed last month allows utilities to partner with public safety providers in using the D-block spread, adding it to the current 10-megahertz public safety band. It also directs $7 billion in federal backing to the cash-strapped state and local agencies that will be looking for funds to buy the radios and build the networks to deploy it.

That’s nice, but it’s not enough money to do the job, says the Public Safety Spectrum Trust, the organization set up to manage the program. Estimates of the cost of initial deployment are about double that amount, and individual regional projects launched so far have ranged from $25 million to $100 million-plus apiece.

That’s why public safety groups want utility cash to roll out the technology — and the new law allows them to do just that, by letting them form partnerships to build the network. It will take months for the new spectrum to be ready for use, of course. Even so, states including Nevada and Michigan have seen utilities and public safety partners lay out plans for new communications deployments that assume that they’ll be legally allowed to share networks.

That means brand new smart grid markets, according to Mark Madden, regional vice president of North American utilities for Alcatel-Lucent. The French networking giant already has does lot of mixed smart grid communications in the U.S., including microwave and 4G WiMAX. Now it’s talking with unnamed utilities about using the new D-block spectrum, he said.

“What we’re putting together is LTE for utilities and for public safety,” he said. “Because of the wide-ranging quality of service differentiation that can and must be done for public safety, we have a perfect match between the two. […] In the event there’s a public safety emergency, the utility does not have to be cut off.” While he wouldn’t name prospective customers, he did describe “a significant pent-up demand to be able to build up ubiquitous field-area networks for utilities.”

At the same time, we’re seeing the telecommunications giants getting involved. Verizon Wireless and Motorola Solutions launched a public-safety-oriented partnership in early 2011, and AT&T and Harris beefed up an existing partnership for first responders in October, with plans to deliver products in mid-2012. Amidst the competition, we’re seeing a resurgence of the private (utility-owned) vs. public (carrier) networks debate, with both sides saying they’re ready to deliver the always-on capabilities that first responders — and utility partners — demand.

It’s going to take awhile for the new program to be set up. The Utilities Telecom Council, the industry’s main voice in Congress, has for years been asking for a slice of spectrum from the public safety broadband network to use for the smart grid. The Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 National Broadband Plan actually recommended that Congress give utilities what they wanted, but it’s taken two years to get it passed into law.

The law sets up the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, as an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to hold the license for the new public safety spectrum. FirstNet is expected to raise more than $26.6 billion in proceeds from auctioning them off, if it’s to receive $200 million in additional federal support. What’s more, only $2 billion of the $7 billion in grants will be immediately available — the rest relies on the auctions bringing in enough money.

Another issue is that states have the option to opt out of the nationwide network plan, and some that already have regional networks in place may well choose to do so, said Brett Kilbourne, vice president of government and industry affairs for the Utilities Telecom Council. Until that process has taken place, it will be hard for FirstNet to proceed.

In the meantime, we’ll be seeing lots of development work on this front, starting with municipal utilities talking to their own police and fire departments, and spreading to broader partnerships between investor-owned utilities and their public safety counterparts. After all, Kilbourne said, public safety agencies have good reason to keep in close contact with utilities, to make sure that the power has been cut off on a downed power line, that water’s running to fire hydrants or that gas is cut off to a building that’s on fire, to name a few examples.

LTE will be the technology for the network, which offers a far more sophisticated set of capabilities than those public safety has traditionally used for its existing 10-megahertz band, he said. Those include multiple layers of priority access in the network, aimed at satisfying utilities’ always-on demands. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the federal overseer of smart grid standards, will also support the D-block rollout.

“The bottom line here is, this is good news for utilities, because we didn’t have anything that would meet our needs before, and now we do,” Kilbourne said. The D-block offers some important technical advantages in terms of its range and penetration characteristics. Just as importantly, it can be reserved for private use, which adds to reliability and quality of service.

In fact, smart meter maker Sensus uses its own privately held 700-megahertz spectrum to connect its meters. That allows for far fewer communications links than the mesh networks used in most other North American smart meter deployments.

Utilities have been saying for years that they need their own spectrum to secure themselves against disasters, saying their own networks have proven more reliable than public networks through crises like Hurricane Katrina. Cellular providers insist they’re ready to provide utilities with the quality of service terms — availability in emergencies, most importantly — to support ever more critical grid functions.

Vendors have responded by putting their feet in both camps, by adding cellular options to private radio networks and vice versa, as Silver Spring Networks has done, or buying the most prominent cellular smart meter networker out there, as Itron did when it acquired SmartSynch for $100 million earlier this year.

But D-block use is likely destined to be for a different set of smart grid priorities — mainly, linking the increasingly complex and fast-acting gear that makes up distribution automation systems. Unlike smart meters, these capacitor banks, switches and reclosers, line sensors and regulators and other gear require always-on communications and latencies in the range of 100s to 10s of milliseconds.

At the same time, utilities want voice, data and video connectivity to their substations and work trucks to connect security cameras, networked laptops and handheld devices and other smart grid support. That’s going to require much higher bandwidth than the mesh networks deployed for most of North America’s smart meters — and it often has to extend to remote substations and stretches of the grid where public network coverage is spotty or nonexistent.

All in all, D-block is an attractive opportunity to solve most, if not all, of those problems. Next up will come partnerships, ready to bid enough money on the next auction to keep federal support flowing. Stay tuned for more developments –and watch for the public-vs.-private-networks debate to rear its head again in this emerging market.


Must Be 21 To Drink……Coca-Cola

Scientists say sugar is as toxic as alcohol – and there should be a drinking age for soda

Sure, sugar’s bad for you. But should we establish a drinking age for sugary sodas? According to UC San Francisco pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, the answer is emphatically yes. He says that added sweeteners have health effects comparable to alcohol and tobacco, and should be regulated accordingly. In a comment piece for the journal Nature, Lustig and his colleagues argue that the state should selectively block access to sugar, using some pretty stiff rules.

For years, Lustig has advocated against added sugar, specifically sweeteners that include fructose. In the recent opinion piece, Lustig and his colleagues Laura A. Schmidt and Claire D. Brindis point out that fructose and other sugars can cause liver toxicity, among other chronic diseases. They write:

A little is not a problem, but a lot kills – slowly. If international bodies are truly concerned about public health, they must consider limiting fructose – and its main delivery vehicles, the added sugars HFCS and sucrose – which pose dangers to individuals and to society as a whole.

To restrict sugar, the researchers start with ideas drawn from existing alcohol and tobacco restrictions. They suggest establishing taxes on “sweetened fizzy drinks (soda), other sugar-sweetened beverages (for example, juice, sports drinks and chocolate milk) and sugared cereal.” In addition, they advocate that we reduce the availability of sugar, particularly to children. This restriction would make it more difficult for vending machines to sell sweet drinks and sugary snacks in schools and in workplaces, building on already existing regulations that have removed sodas from some schools.

But there are even bigger steps to be taken in limiting the availability of added sugars. Lustig et. al. write:

States could apply zoning ordinances to control the number of fast-food outlets and convenience stores in low-income communities, and especially around schools, while providing incentives for the establishment of grocery stores and farmer’s markets. Another option would be to limit sales during school operation, or to designate an age limit (such as 17) for the purchase of drinks with added sugar, particularly soda. Indeed, parents in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recently took this upon themselves by lining up outside convenience stores and blocking children from entering them after school. Why couldn’t a public-health directive do the same?

Refusing to allow fast food restaurants in certain areas? Banning children from convenience stores? I just can’t see anyone accepting changes this radical. Do the researchers really think that people will sit back and let the government take away pastries, candy, and soda? Over our pudgy dead bodies. Surprisingly, the researchers don’t see sugar cravings as their biggest obstacle.

They write:

Regulating sugar will not be easy – particularly in the ‘emerging markets’ of developing countries where soft drinks are often cheaper than potable water or milk. We recognize that societal intervention to reduce the supply and demand for sugar faces an uphill political battle against a powerful sugar lobby, and will require active engagement from all stakeholders.

So the scientists think the biggest problem with regulating sugar is the sugar lobby*. But even without the lobbyists, would people ever cede their right to eat sweets?

Though sugar undoubtedly causes disease, I have a hard time accepting that we’ll see the establishment of sugar regulations. And it’s not just because the populace would rise up in protest.

One impetus for tobacco and alcohol regulations is protecting others. Tobacco can cause cancer in the smoker and those who are exposed to second-hand smoke. Alcohol is not only an addictive substance that can poison the body in large enough quantities, but also impairs judgment to the point where a drinker might, say, get into a car and plow into another vehicle or a pedestrian. The government doesn’t regulate these substances just to protect the smokers and drinkers, it does so to protect others from the smokers and drinkers. Unless we discover that sugar hurts the people who watch us eat it, strict restrictions may be a long time coming.

Via Nature

*Not to be confused with a candy-filled receiving room, the sugar lobby is actually very powerful. Even if it’s hard to take seriously when you picture the lobbyists working out of gingerbread offices.


Meat eaters – you are daredevils or dumb. Or both

Meat eaters – you are daredevils or dumb. Or both

Barbara Ellen

There have been times during my years of vegetarianism when I’ve wondered if I may indeed grow out of it. I’ve wondered if there might come a day when I’ll put aside my childish aversion to the thought of dead stuff travelling through my intestines, like a corpse on a raft ride.

However, it could never happen, and not because I’m so enlightened, sensitive or any of the other euphemisms for “whining hippie” usually dumped on vegetarians. My conversion to flesh-eating couldn’t happen because, frankly, I’m not stupid enough. As in, I can read.

Analysis of more than 6,000 pancreatic cancer cases published in the British Journal of Cancer says that eating just 50g of processed meat a day (one sausage or a couple of slices of bacon) raises the likelihood of pancreatic cancer by a fifth. 100g a day (the equivalent of a medium burger) raises it by 38%, 150g by 57%. Men are worst hit, as they tend to eat the most processed meat, as testified at DCW casing. And while pancreatic cancer is not the most common of cancers, it’s frequently diagnosed late, with four-fifths of sufferers dying within a year of diagnosis.

It should be pointed out that this is about processed meat. However, many past studies have stated a probable link between too much meat and all manner of cancers and heart problems, as well as links to other conditions, from diabetes and high blood pressure to obesity and Alzheimer’s.

If, by now, you’re thinking that I’m out to shock you, then you couldn’t be more wrong. I’d be shocked if any of this was considered new enough to shock anyone. This information has popped up regularly for years in all forms of popular media. Indeed, in this era of info overload, if you’ve never come across the “burgers and kebabs are unhealthy” revelation, one would have to presume you’ve been lying in a coma. With this in mind, isn’t it time to ask, exactly how thick, how hard to educate, are meat eaters and why aren’t they held accountable in the same way everyone else is?

Sympathy is in short supply these days. You can’t move for people being blamed for their own miserable situations: smokers who “burden” the NHS; alcoholics who don’t “deserve” liver transplants; obese people who “should” pay more for flights. Even those poor terrified women with the faulty breast implants are said to have “brought it on themselves”.

By this logic, people who’ve been regularly informed of the dangers of meat, particularly the cheap processed variety, but who continue to wolf it down should be held just as accountable.

Yet these meat eaters are rarely lambasted. If they’re mentioned at all, it’s in general poor lifestyle terms, as an afterthought to drinking, smoking, and lack of exercise. You just don’t get people making emotional pronouncements about bacon lovers not deserving cancer treatment or kebab fans burdening the NHS. Few are criticised for following the kind of meat-laden diets (Atkins, Dukan), which, one can only presume, are colonic timebombs waiting to happen.

Where meat is concerned, it is almost as if we have developed a personal responsibility blind spot. Where we just shrug and say, meat is here, it’s always been here, it is what it is. But meat hasn’t always been here in the form of additive-stuffed burgers, pork pies, sausages et al. In my opinion, it’s the meat eaters’ duty to take this information on board and take direct personal responsibility for the consequences, just as alcoholics and smokers do.

It’s not as if they haven’t been warned countless times about the dangers – how wilfully ill-informed can people be? Or maybe they’re just hard. In fact, when I say I’m not dumb enough to eat meat, I should probably add brave enough. With so much frightening information, so readily available for so long, the modern committed carnivore must have nerves of steel.
Oh, stop this bananadrama right now

The Velvet Underground, the original pop art band, are filing a lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation, to stop the Warhol-designed banana being licensed to Apple for iPads, iPhones, and suchlike. Although they never copyrighted the banana, which appeared on the cover of their album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, they say that it is synonymous with their band.

Fair point. Anyone with even a fleeting knowledge of music knows that The Velvet Underground and Nico is never known by its actual name, or even a derivative, it is just “the banana album”. People may then start humming All Tomorrow’s Parties in a droning Germanic accent, or even scarily trilling “Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather”, to the point where you’re afraid you’re going to be invited to a suburban swingers’ party. However, among these variables, one fact remains unchanging – it is always “the banana album”. So there is a strong cultural case for the Velvets. However, there is an equally strong “stoopid!” case against them – as in, if it mattered so much, why didn’t they copyright the damn banana ages ago? I also notice that the Velvets are seeking damages and a share of profits from licensing deals, so clearly money is an issue.

As Warhol created the banana, what would he have thought? His diaries reveal that he was into money (the original beatnik tightwad). The pop artist par excellence might also have enjoyed being associated with Apple: finding the collision of art and commerce “groovy”. With this in mind, is there any point in continuing this depressing spat? In Warhol’s memory, why don’t Apple and the Velvets get together and make an “art happening” – say a 45-hour-long unwatchable black and white movie about a slowly decomposing banana? Cool, man, wow, as Warhol might have said.

Unisex loos? Not your best idea ever, headmaster

Those of a sensitive disposition, look away now. A school in Hartlepool has built unisex lavatories for its secondary pupils. What is this: a state-sponsored episode of Ally McBeal, the 90s legal TV drama? Did someone envisage pupils of both sexes meeting to discuss, in a sophisticated fashion, the day’s events, to the background of flushing and cries of: “Chuck me some paper over!”

When Ally McBeal first came on our screens, there was dark talk that the unisex lavatory would become the norm in British workplaces. Thankfully, we were too uptight as a nation to let it happen. So why inflict the dreaded loo-merger on our yoof? The school says it is to combat a smoking problem, but haven’t they now created a gender-privacy problem? The girls must now gossip, share lip-gloss and loudly discuss “cramps” in front of boys. Similarly, the boys must now blow up condoms and pathetically pretend to have lost their virginity “yonks ago” in front of girls.

On top of that, they have to use the actual lavatories. What about the basic human right to mystique? While the school doubtless meant well, it has turned the lavatories from a wonderful haven, a free space, into an inter-gender nightmare.


Doctors unsure why thyroid cancer cases on the rise

Doctors unsure why thyroid cancer cases on the rise

By Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star

– Thyroid cancer, which affects about 11 people per 100,000 each year, seems to be on the rise. It’s a trend that baffles medical researchers.

Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez, recently had her thyroid removed for what doctors thought was a cancerous nodule. After the operation, they learned the mass was not cancer.

National Cancer Institute statistics suggest that in recent years the number of cases of this often curable cancer has increased by about 6.5%. Over a decade, that has added up to make thyroid cancer the fastest-increasing cancer, says Tod Huntley, an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon with the Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Indianapolis.

“Ten years ago, if I saw four new thyroid cancer patients a year, it would have been a lot,” says G. Irene Minor, a radiation oncologist with Indiana University Health Central Indiana Cancer Center. “Now sometimes I see that many in a month, and I have seen three in a week.”

Thyroid cancer is more common in women younger than 45, Minor said. Doctors don’t know why that’s the case, but thyroid problems in general — such as hyper- or hypo-thyroidism — are more common in women.

The thyroid helps regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. Thyroid cancer is three times more common in women than men.

Why is it more prevalent?

Experts remain divided on the cause of the increase.
By the numbers

56,460: Estimated new U.S. cases
of thyroid cancer in 2012

1,780: Estimated deaths

Source: National Cancer Institute

Some attribute it to better screening. Many smaller tumors are picked up on ultrasounds or scans done for other reasons, says Michael Moore, a head and neck surgeon with Indiana University Simon Cancer Center.

Autopsies conducted on people who died for non-thyroid-related reasons reveal that as many as 80% of people older than 60 have a thyroid lump or malignancy that went undiagnosed, Moore says.

Some think that better screening alone can’t explain the increase in thyroid cancer. A recent study showed that the increase is not just in smaller tumors, which might have to do with detection, but also in larger ones, Huntley says.

“There is definitely something going on,” he says. “How much is due to increased surveillance and detection and how much is due to an actual biological change in disease prevalence, we don’t know, but we know it’s both.”

Obesity, radiation exposure and diets low in fruits and vegetables are three potential culprits, Huntley says. People who are overweight have a 20% increase in thyroid cancer; those who are obese have a 53% increase. The more dental X-rays a person has, the higher the risk, studies show.

Often, thyroid cancer has no symptoms but is diagnosed when a person or his physician notices a lump in the neck. When symptoms do occur they can include difficulty swallowing or the sensation of a lump in the throat or voice changes.

Amber Skipper, 29, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, had felt something in her neck but thought it was a swollen lymph node. She had been prone to bronchitis and fatigue, but she attributed that to being a working mother with two small children.

When she learned she had cancer, she vowed to fight it. Numbers were on her side. The five-year survival rate for thyroid cancer is 97%.

In October 2010, Skipper, of Westfield, Ind., had her thyroid and many lymph nodes removed and underwent treatment with radioactive iodine. She now takes a daily replacement thyroid hormone pill.

Separated from family

Because the iodine is radioactive, Skipper had to be isolated from her family for seven days. She ached to see her two young daughters, now 4 and 2, as well as her husband, Ryan, who would leave her food outside her door.

Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez, recently had her thyroid removed for what doctors thought was a cancerous nodule. Only after the operation did they decide the mass was not cancer.

In the year since her operation, Skipper started eating more organic foods and taking vitamins. Doctors may not be able to tell her why she got cancer, but she wants to make sure she stays healthy. She also decided to become a medical assistant to help others who are sick.

Her second iodine isolation, which lasted two days, was harder than the first. Her daughters were old enough to miss her.

At the end, she got the answer she wanted: She is cancer-free.

Says Huntley: “If you had to pick a cancer, this is what you would pick.”


Revealed: true scale of breast implant scandal

Revealed: true scale of breast implant scandal

By Laura Donnelly, Robert Mendick, Harriet Alexander and Josie Ensor

The evidence was supplied privately to the Department of Health (DoH) on Friday by Transform, Britain’s biggest cosmetic surgery chain, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

It prompted the Government to question the official figures supplied to the regulator by private cosmetic surgery companies.

Mr Lansley was “very concerned” and “unhappy” that firms had not given the regulator full information about the failure rate.

The review could lead to the Government advising women to have the implants removed at an estimated cost of as much as £150?million. The implants were manufactured by Poly Implants Protheses (PIP), a French company, from industrial-grade silicone rather than medical-grade.

Mr Lansley said yesterday that evidence from around the world did not suggest a need for women to worry, but promised that the Government would act swiftly as information emerges.

The rupture rate of seven per cent – if replicated across the industry – is seven times higher than the one per cent official figure the British regulator was sticking to last week in its attempt to reassure tens of thousands of women.

Health officials will want to know urgently if Transform’s rupture rate is a one-off or symptomatic of the whole industry.

Women with the implants, including those recovering from breast cancer, fear future ruptures causing pain and inflammation and the leakage of industrial silicone into their bodies. There is no long-term data that assesses the risks, including the incidence of cancer, caused by the cheap silicone.

A source at Transform said: “One of our surgeons is helping the DoH. He has taken our data with him and we believe – and it needs rechecking – that the rupture rate is actually higher at about seven per cent.”

The source said the figures had been supplied to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) since 2006 and questioned why the regulator had not picked up on them sooner. Last month the MHRA declared there was “no evidence of any disproportionate rupture rates other than in France”.

In France, the official rupture rate is five per cent, and women who have the implants are being offered free removal.

Other cosmetic surgery providers in the UK have now been ordered to comb through their data.

Mr Lansley has asked Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS Medical Director, to review all data relating to PIP breast implants and any possible danger they pose.

The Health Secretary said last night: “We have received data from an organisation yesterday that was not previously acknowledged or communicated to the MHRA. The validity of this data still requires full assessment and evaluation, so I have asked [Prof Keogh] to lead an urgent investigation so that we can establish exactly what has happened and whether we need to improve the regulatory regime.” Mr Lansley is “very concerned about the content and quality of the data that cosmetic surgery providers are sharing with the regulator”, his spokesman said. The review is expected to report its initial findings this week, with a decision on how to proceed – including whether to give women free breast implant removal operations – likely to be made at a later date.

The regulatory system will also come under scrutiny. Dr Susanne Ludgate, the MHRA clinical director, said yesterday: “It’s clear there is conflicting data coming from the cosmetic surgery sector. It raises doubts about the surveillance and reporting of incidents by these companies. We will urgently work to identify where problems may be.”

British surgeons warned about the PIP implants five years ago.

Brook Berry, who led an NHS plastic surgery unit in the north-east of England, was so alarmed by the damage a PIP implant caused to a woman recovering from breast cancer that he wrote to the British Journal of Plastic Surgery in 2007 that “the reliability of PIP implants must be questioned and, for myself, I intend to discontinue their use in favour of implants from other manufacturers”.

Mark Harvey, a lawyer who is planning to bring a case against up to 20 clinics on behalf of at least 350 women later this month, said yesterday: “There has been significant under-reporting of problems with these implants. There does not appear to be any follow-up regime to check on whether cosmetic surgery companies have been reporting incidents fully.”

His clients are seeking damages of between £15,000 and £20,000.

Donna Breeden, 31, a hairdresser from Southampton, who is planning legal action, said: “It is a ticking time-bomb. Every day, I am worried sick.”

She paid Harley Medical Group £4,250 for a breast augmentation operation in February 2010, just a month before the PIP implants were withdrawn.

She said the firm has refused to listen to her demands for the implants to be removed and replaced at no extra charge.

Catherine Kydd, 39, a mother of two from Dartford in Kent, suffered a rupture in 2009. “It was absolute hell,” she said. “I now have industrial silicone in my body and I have no idea what the long-term effects are. I have to now live with this for the rest of my life.”

Andrew Hay, managing director of Cloverleaf Products Ltd, the British supplier of the implants, told The Sunday Telegraph that his firm had supplied between 6,000 and 7,000 implants to the NHS, which were mainly used for women recovering from cancer surgery.

While some women will have had two implants, others may have had only one – meaning that the number of women receiving the PIP implants on the NHS is likely to be greater than 3,000.

Mr Hay expressed his shock that the PIP implants had turned out to be made from industrial silicone.

On Friday, the DoH said it had no current plans to contact NHS patients.

Nigel Robertson, Transform’s chief executive, said his company would begin this week to contact women who have PIP implants.

His company used PIP as its main supplier up until 2005 when it switched to another firm, based in the US, for “commercial reasons”.

Mr Robertson said the cosmetic industry could not afford to pay for the replacement of faulty implants. He estimated that the cost of such an operation is in the region of £3,000. This means the total cost to the industry would be £120?million, putting many clinics out of business.

Mr Robertson said greater regulation of the industry was needed.

The PIP implants were taken off the market in March 2010. Jean-Claude Mas, the company’s founder, is facing fraud charges and a manslaughter charge brought by the family of a woman who died of cancer in France. Studies so far have found no link between the implants and cancer.

Mr Lansley said yesterday that evidence from around the world did not suggest a need for women to worry, but promised that the Government would act swiftly as information emerged.


What Does Your Cell Know About You?

What Your Cell Knows About You

By Hilary Hylton

From crucial tracking evidence in the Scott Peterson murder trial to exculpatory call records in the Duke alleged rape case, cell phones have emerged as an important resource for both criminal investigators and defense lawyers. Now a small group of international forensic code breakers is working to go beyond the obvious and familiar — the call logs and address books — and tap deeper into our phones, into a hidden gold mine of personal information. Their work is prompting kudos from crime busters while raising concern among civil libertarians.

“Cell phones are ubiquitous in today’s world and nearly all crimes have a digital component to them,” says Rick Mislan, an assistant professor of computer and information technology at Purdue University. Mislan, a former U.S. Army electronic warfare officer, is one of a handful of experts working on forensic methods to access the inner secrets in cell phones. Twenty years ago it would have taken a police agency months of shoe leather and paper hunting to assemble the kind of information that is available on a cell phone’s internal memory and which can be extracted by a deep probe. Says Chris Calabrese of the American Civil Liberties Union technology and liberty program: “They contain a great amount of information that essentially is a subjective picture of our habits, our friends, our interests and activities, and now some even have location tracking.”

Most cell phone owners think simply removing a phone’s SIM card removes personal information, but the phone’s internal memory, even communication exchanged between the phone and its server, remain. Phone manuals detail how to perform multiple reset commands to erase personal information and some online recycling phone services offer command sets for specific phones, but most people never bother to go through the tedious process, Mislan says. For example, child predators who stalk “moblogs” — the cell phone equivalent of web blogs that are popular with young phone users — may believe they have deleted text messages and postings, but the evidence may still exist within the phone’s memory. Mislan recently examined the cell phone of an alleged child pornography ringleader and pulled off 250 “deleted” contacts from its memory.

However, few U.S. law enforcement agencies have the forensic tools at hand and criminals often exploit that advantage, stymieing investigators with simple if crude methods. Drug dealers, Mislan says, will buy throwaway phones, assign distinctive rings to customers or suppliers, and then destroy the screen, leading an arresting officer to believe the phone is broken or the phone’s information is inaccessible. (Old-style forensics often means laboriously photographing cell phone screen after cell phone screen to record evidence.)

Typically, law enforcement agencies rely on simply “thumbing through” a cell phone to retrieve data, says Sgt. Michael Harrington, a detective with the Michigan State police. Another tool, as anyone who has watched the nightly cable crime news shows knows, is “pinging” a phone to search for its location, helpful in missing-persons cases and in tracking suspects. A more complex forensic approach now available utilizes a command system developed in the late 1970s to initialize modems to ask the phone specific questions about the information it may be storing. Those commands, known as AT, were one of the tools 17-year-old hacker George Hotz used to unlock his iPhone from the AT&T network. “Coming into this project I didn’t know that cell phones used AT commands,” Hotz wrote on his blog last week, as he thanked his fellow hackers for their help.

But not all cell phones respond to modem-style commands and some cell phone developers are often loath to share their proprietary technology. Nokia phones are particularly hard to crack, Harrington says. In the U.S. alone there are over 2,000 models of phones — and even within one model line there may be a dozen phones using different codes for each function. “We are in a constant state of catch-up — a company rolls out new models every three to six months,” Mislan says. The Holy Grail for the cell phone code breakers is to develop a forensics tool — a “Swiss Army knife” as Harrington calls it —that can be used easily in the field.

Europe’s single, standardized GSM network, as opposed to the multi networks — GSM, CDMA and iDEN found in the U.S. — gave European forensics investigators an edge as they began to develop ways of accessing a phone’s internal memory. Two of the leading cell phone forensics experts are British — West Yorkshire Detective Constables Steve Hirst and Steve Miller. Like their American colleagues — “tinkerers” as Mislan calls them — the two spend their evenings buying up old cell phones on eBay, deconstructing and decoding them, and then sharing their research online with colleagues around the world.

In Europe, Constable Miller says, so-called “flasher boxes” are used to hold a cell phone’s memory while repairs are under way. The boxes are the size of a deck of cards and come with about 100 cables that can be connected to specific data points on different phones and offer direct access to memory. Flasher technology allows the investigator to do a “hex dump” of the cell phone’s memory — a large amount of hexadecimal code — and then write software to decode the information. It is not the 30-second process seen on the popular CSI television shows, but can take hours of downloading, followed by days and weeks of software development, but the results can be revealing. “You get a fingerprint of who the person is,” says Harrington. Recently, Dutch forensics experts were able to extract vital information via hex dump from the remains of a phone, shattered and soaked in blood and water. “Let’s talk about hex!” is the slogan on phone-forensics.com, a popular online forum where the code breakers chat.

Meanwhile, the demands on the code breakers exceed their ranks, despite a growing number of computer and cell phone forensics programs at U.S. universities. Recently, an Indiana state prison official handed Mislan a bag of smuggled phones confiscated from inmates who are suspected of using them to conduct criminal activities from behind bars, but Mislan says that because of other investigative work, it will be six to 12 months before he has the time to take a look at them.

The legal system also is not keeping pace with forensic investigation methods. There have been several conflicting appellate opinions on warrantless cell phone searches and the law is not “settled” at this point, ACLU’s Calabrese says. Just as emerging fingerprint and DNA technologies were challenged, cell phone evidence is under scrutiny. In the meantime, all of us — innocent citizen and criminals alike — continue to pump ever more data into cell phones and PDAs, those indispensable companions that have so much to say about us.

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Government Ignored 1998 Report Finding up to 100 Cancer Deaths from TSA Naked Body Scanners Per Year

Government Ignored 1998 Report Finding up to 100 Cancer Deaths from TSA Naked Body Scanners Per Year

Anthony Gucciardi

Has the government known since 1998 that the TSA body scanners could be giving you cancer? An explosive report has exposed the carcinogenic effects of X-ray body scanners, finding that up to 100 United States airline passengers each year could get cancer from the machines. Despite the report coming out years ago, millions of Americans still walk through the carcinogenic TSA X-ray body scanners, also known as naked body scanners. While many passengers may not develop full blown cancer as a result, radiation is truly unsafe at any dose. Furthermore, the long-term usage of the X-ray body scanners have not been fully studied — the number of cancers caused by the machines may actually increase over time.

In 1998, a panel of radiation safety experts got together to analyze a new security device called the Secure 1000, which was designed specifically to beam X-rays at people to see underneath their clothing. The experts pointed out in their evaluation that the machine violated a basic principle of radiation safety — they stated that humans simply should not be X-rayed unless there is a specific medical benefit.

Previous research confirms cancer link

The research suggested that anywhere from 6 to 100 US passengers could develop cancer each year as a result of passing through the naked body scanners. The findings correspond with the statements of Dr David Brenner, head of Columbia University’s centre for radiological research. Dr. Brenner warned that children and people with gene mutations whose bodies are less able to repair damage to their DNA are most at risk.

“If all 800 million people who use airports every year were screened with X-rays then the very small individual risk multiplied by the large number of screened people might imply a potential public health or societal risk. The population risk has the potential to be significant,”
said Brenner.

Yet the TSA still claims that the naked body scanners are completely safe, issuing no warning over the link to cancer — not even a warning to those who are especially at risk as highlighted by Dr. Brenner. It appears that not only are the TSA body scanners intrusive upon personal privacy, but they are also health destroyers.